verb (used with or without object), es·ca·lat·ed, es·ca·lat·ing.
to increase in intensity, magnitude, etc.: to escalate a war; a time when prices escalate.
to raise, lower, rise, or descend on or as if on an escalator.
that escalated quickly
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Origin of escalate
First recorded in 1920–25; back formation from escalator
Synonyms for escalate
Antonyms for escalate
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to increase or be increased in extent, intensity, or magnitudeto escalate a war; prices escalated because of inflation
Word Origin for escalate
C20: back formation from escalator
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